Posted by McKenzie on September 19, 2010 | No Comments
My friend and embroidery business owner, Jan Page, has this tip for selecting the right shade of thread for a project:
Even with the myriad of colors available today, it’s sometimes impossible to match your fabric with a thread. The Rule of Thumb in thread selection is to pick a shade darker than your fabric because threads sew in lighter than they look on the spool. This Rule of Thumb works every time!
Posted by McKenzie on June 27, 2010 | No Comments
Embroidering on craft foam isn’t the easiest thing to stitch on. Don’t let the foam get to you as it tears or disappears into the needle hole. Here are some tips for craft foam embroidery:
• The tearing is caused by lots of needle punches, so select a design with less density and long stitches
• Stabilize the foam with a permanent stabilizer and adhere it to the back — don’t use heat re-movable stabilizer (heat will melt the foam!)
• A sharp needle is a must, 70/10 if using Rayon embroidery thead
• Adjust your machine tension to the lightest possible (while still allowing it to stitch) to help reduce the stress on the foam
Posted by McKenzie on April 19, 2010 | No Comments
1. Use full-size design templates for accurate placement.
2. Double check our placement on your fabric before you begin stitching.
3. An Embroidery Needle should always be used for embroidery. The Embroidery Needle eye is slightly larger and allows the thread to glide through with less resistance (and therefore less breakage).
4. Attach a thread stand to your machine when embroidery multiples of multi-colored designs.
5. Always use the smallest hoop recommended for the design. This provides the perfect amount of tension for the fabric and stabilizer in the hoop to prevent it from slipping and puckering.